OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images and compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior generally recognized as senseless.

What is it like to have OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Common symptoms How bad it is What people are taking for it
Fluoxetine, Sertraline, Bupropion
Risperidone, Diazepam, Hypnotherapy
Trazodone, Quetiapine, Zolpidem
Multivitamins, Naps, Modafinil
Clonazepam, Alprazolam, Lorazepam
No treatments, EmPower Plus, Rescue Remedy (Dr. Bach)
Ibuprofen, Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen, Tramadol

What do patients take to treat OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members Perceived effectiveness Overall rating of side effects # of Evaluations

(Psychosexual therapy, Psychiatrist and Psychologist, Integrative Counselling, Licensed Social Worker)


(Nuzak, Flunil, Zactin, Nopres)


(Gladem, Serdep, Apo-Sertraline, Altruline)


(Voxam, Faverin, Dumirox, Movox)


(Ran-Citalo, Depramil, Citalec, Co-Citalopram)


(Cipralex, Lexapro, Pramatis, Es Pramcit)




(Nature's Way 5-HTP, Vitamin Research Products 5-HTP, Optimax 5-HTP, NFS 5 HTP)


These charts show data from OCD patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 3,739 patients have this condition
  • 13 new patients joined this month
  • 337 say OCD is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 85
20s 789
30s 896
40s 841
50s 486
60s 165
70+ 25


Distribution of females vs. males

77% Females
23% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 836
20-29 years 209
30-39 years 118
40-49 years 54
50-59 years 10
60-69 years 2
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,661
Not Diagnosed 1,775

These charts show data from OCD patients who have completed their condition history
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